Canada: Survivors of gun violence speak out for the national firearms registry

In Canada, survivors of gun violence are speaking out in defence of national gun controls ahead of the General Election, scheduled for 2 May. Current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has stated that if his party is re-elected, he plans to dismantle the national firearms registry. In a press conference in Toronto on 28 April, survivors, including mothers who lost their children to gun violence, the Coalition for Gun Control (CGC) and domestic violence experts highlighted how the registry is critical to public safety. Wendy Cukier of CGC said, "The costs of keeping the registration of rifles and shotguns are modest - less than $4 million a year - while the costs of gun violence are immense. At the end of the day we know for sure, the firearms registry never killed anyone, while getting rid of it might". Read more here.